Cookies not Sticking! HELP

Posted on: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 1:56pm
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I am no baker and now since I pretty much cook everything for my daughter I need help. My cookies and cake always crumble. The taste is really good but that is it. My DD is allergic to PA, Soy, TN, Egg, Fish, Rice and Shellfish. I have tried several things to replace egg and nothing helps. They also stick to the pan. I mean the complete bottom layer sticks! All the nonstick sprays have soy oil and she is one that reacts to oils. Any advice or suggestions would be great!

Posted on: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 10:17pm
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I don't know about replacing egg, but have you tried parchment paper for the bottom of the pan?
Amy

Posted on: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 11:15pm
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Yes, I would also recommend parchment paper. I use it for cookies, granola, pretty much everything that gets baked on a cookie sheet in the oven. I would try this as a good non-stick surface for your baking pans. It should be good up to 400 degrees if I'm remembering correctly.

Posted on: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 12:06am
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I know this sounds stupid but is parchment paper the same as wax paper. I have been using wax paper.

Posted on: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 12:57am
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No parchment paper is different. I don't think wax paper is meant for the oven. Or try a Silpat, a silicone sheet in your cookie tray. They are expensive but you only buy it once.
Peg

Posted on: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 1:41am
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Parchment paper is available in the same aisle as wax paper, foil, plastic wrap. It is coated with something that makes the paper non stick. It is also whiter than wax paper. It can also be used more than once ie several sheets of cookies you are baking on the same day.

Posted on: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 2:10am
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For cakes, you can grease the pan with shortening (Spectrum is soy-free), butter or Mother's Margarine (dairy/soy-free) and then sprinkle flour in the pan to flour it.
Use non-stick pans as much as possible. Be sure to preheat the oven. Try moving the oven rack to a different position--is the bottom cooking too fast? Move the rack up.
Those silicone mats really work!
Are you using oil or solid fat (butter/shortening) in your cookies? Solid fat should work better.
If things are crumbly, you can try adding 1/2 tsp of xanthan gum. It really works!
If you need to oil a pan, you can always brush a little safe oil on the pan.
What kind of cookies are you trying to make? Maybe someone here has a recipe for you to try.
I hope some of these tips help. I've been baking without eggs for years and also without soy whenever my SIL is visiting. So I know that it can work [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Keep trying!
Cathy

Posted on: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 2:59am
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I always bake on parchament paper. Cookies slide right off, and never burn on the bottom. It was a great discovery. Clean up is a breeze as well. becca

Posted on: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 4:34am
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Any cookies that are safe for my daughter I have been trying. I can make cornbread, cake or cookies and they all crumble! I use real butter. It is the only thing I have found in my area that was soy free. Where can you find the spectrum shortening? I would love to be able to make cookies good enough for her Christmas party at school.

Posted on: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 5:33am
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I highly recommend parchment as well. It is wonderful--nothing sticks and no clean-up. Silpats also work well, but you do have to wash them, while you just throw out the parchment.

Posted on: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 8:01am
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Here are our favorite cookie recipes:
Oatmeal Raisin cookies:
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter or stick margarine
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp prune puree (Gerber baby food)
1 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup quick oats
1 cup raisins or semi-sweet chocolate chips (Enjoy Life are peanut/nut/soy/dairy-free)
Preheat oven to 375. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in prune puree, milk and vanilla. Gradually add the flour mixture. Add oats and stir until combined. Stir in raisins or chocolate chips.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased non-stick cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 for 9 to 10 minutes. Let stand one minute, remove with spatula to paper towels to cool. Makes about 2 dozen.
Pie-Dough Cookies
1 rounded cup of flour
1/3 cup refrigerated butter or shortening
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tbsp ice water
Cinnamon sugar
Preheat oven to 375. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter or shortening with a pastry blender. Add ice water by the tablespoon and stir lightly with fork until the dough sticks together in a ball. Roll out on a floured surface. Cut out cookies with cookie cutters, place on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake 20 min at 375. Makes about 1 dozen.
Cathy
[This message has been edited by Momcat (edited December 02, 2006).]

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